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Gov. Phil Murphy. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe)

Governor says Trump’s debate performance ’embarrassing to the office of president’

By Nikita Biryukov, September 30 2020 2:41 pm

President Donald Trump’s debate performance got low marks from Gov. Phil Murphy.

Gov. Phil Murphy. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

“I thought that the debate last night and the demeanor was embarrassing to the office of president of the United States of America,” he said.

Last night’s debate, the first of three between Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden, more often resembled a shouting match between bar patrons than it did a debate for the highest office in the country.

Trump frequently and continually interrupted Biden during the 90-minute-long affair, and the debate’s open discussion portions repeatedly devolved into charged crosstalk.

The governor also made clear that, while he appreciated some of the federal aid the state received for the handling of the COVID-19 crisis, he was not among the Democratic governors that Trump claimed praised his administration’s pandemic response.

“We as a nation have suffered and continue to suffer from lack of national policies, lack of national guidance that would apply to all states,” Murphy said after expressing gratitude over personal protective equipment, virus tests and ventilators the state received from the federal government early into pandemic.

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